Editors' Note: Guest blogger Cathryn Platine is a Pagan Crone and aging hippy chick who lives in the Catskills as the founder of a Goddess tradition. A lifelong gadfly and civil rights advocate, the government considers her an "aging ineffectual threat."
A study released recently has linked genetics to classic transsexuality.
The ink isn't even dry on this before the transgender community has started trying to pick it apart but let's be realistic here. The Danish BSTc studies, the recent German studies confirming olfactory pheromone sensitivity in transsexual women falling within gendered (female) norms, and the repeated-several-times studies on the sex specific cognitive function also confirm the truth behind - at least for male to female classic transsexuals - the theory that they have a neurologically female central nervous system. The "markers" for determining physiological different responses to estrogen in classic transsexual women and AGs pretty much confirm this is true. In 15+ years of studies not a single study has weighed in on the psychological causality that has been clung to fiercely by those who would demonize transsexuality as a "choice". That's right, not one single study for this and all the studies confirming the neurological model.
It's pretty much official now - classic transsexuality is a neurological intersexed condition. No doubt we will later find it's more than genetic - that other factors can also cause the pre-natal neurological development to be in opposition to the physical sex traits - but this pretty much puts the last nail in the coffin for the "choice" and "it's a psychological condition" crowd. It also pretty much confirms the dreaded and hated Harry Benjamin Syndrome (HBS) basic contention.
Just what is this basic HBS contention that is so hated? It is simply that classic transsexuality is a neurological intersexed condition. That's it; that's the basic tenant of HBS.
The theory goes on to talk about onset of personal knowledge of gender variance, physiological indicators, and, in short, define classic transsexuality in the terms that became fairly well understood prior to the transgender spectrum crowd shouting it down. Please note: surgery is not addressed although it is considered a given that someone with a neurology totally at odds with their own body with eventually seek the maximum amount of correction to their bodies possible.
The constant charges of post-op elitism comes from the minds of those who blindly oppose the scientific reality "on the ground", not those of us who thoughtfully examined the issues and came to the conclusion that classic transsexuality is almost certainly physiological in origin. The theory is not a "transier than thou" position, although some mavericks take it to that point.
It does not, in a pure, non-self defense mode, define transgenders other than to draw the clear distinction based on the very "markers" that define the condition. In my own blog entry I lay out the markers - the historic conditions - that led researchers astray in the past and the sociological mistakes many of today's researchers make in opposing the physical causality model.
What this means politically is enormous. All discussions aside on whether someone born transsexual wishes to be seen as disabled, the Americans with Disabilities Act exemption for transsexuality under the Act is quite, quite specific. It exempts transsexuality not from physical causes.
That's right, this study just gave American transsexuals the keys to the civil rights kingdom. One - just one - high profile win in a Federal Court using this study would immediately grant full civil rights protections to every single transsexual in the US under the ADA.
Trans-activists, please think this time before you screw this up.